Monday, 8 July 2013

Friday Night Steak Night

I love being at home on a Friday night with my parents because it means good food. After a week at work, it's nice to get home, knowing you have two days off, and enjoy being able to sit and relax. This Friday was more perfect than usual because of the lovely weather - it marked the first day of the year we could sit outside and have our dinner. So, what better to have on a Friday night than steak. GET IN!

I always serve my steak with ratatouille, it's an unwritten rule in my house. Steak goes perfectly with new potatoes and some sauteed mushrooms too. Mmm!

To make the ratatouille all you need is (to serve 4):
1 onion, diced
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1/2 aubergine, cubed
1/2 yellow pepper, chopped 
1/2 courgette, chopped
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tsp sun dried tomato pesto
2 tsp Italian herbs
A sprig of rosemary

Chop all of the vegetables up. 

Fry (on a low heat) the onions for 3 or 4 minutes until softened but not browned too much. Next, add the aubergines and fry for another 2 or 3 minutes before adding the peppers and courgettes. The idea is everything is softened with a slight browning but not to the point of over-browning.

Add a few chopped tomatoes if you wish.

While the vegetables are slowly softening. Get cracking on the potatoes. Our potatoes are all pretty fresh out of the ground so make sure they're scrubbed of all the soil.

They all need to be scrubbed so the dirt is off (see below), you don't need to peal them!

Cut them up to even sized chunks and throw in a pan

Throw a bit of rosemary into your ratatouille now and give it a stir!

Fill with boiling water and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes (potatoes are done when you stick a knife in  one and it slides off easily - that's what my Mumma taught me!)

While the potatoes are cooking, back to the ratatouille! Make sure you keep giving it a stir so the veggies don't stick. Sprinkle in the herbs and stir.

Throw in the chopped tomatoes and stir it all around.

The potatoes should not be simmering away, throw a sprig of mint in there.

Add the pesto and keep stirring...

The potatoes and ratatouille should be about done now - I always wait until everything is done before starting with the steak. I have mine cooked medium-rare so it hardly spends anytime in the pan, and there is nothing worse than an overcooked steak!

While the potatoes and ratatouille have their final few minutes. Get the meat hammer out and give the steak a bit of a bashin'.

Turn the heat off the ratatouille and the potatoes now as I suspect they'll be done.  Drain the potatoes.
For the mushrooms, chop a few up into quarters, throw in a saucepan and add a knob of butter and some pepper. 

For the steak, rub in oil on both sides with your fingers..I usually add salt and pepper too or some steak seasoning.

Stick them on a low-medium heat and stir regularly to avoid them sticking.

Heat the steak pan up until you can feel the warmth.

Get the steak in the pan and cook until it is as you like it.

Mine doesn't see the pan for too long...

Dish everything up, grab a glass of wine and sit outside and enjoy.

Absolutely perfect!

N xo

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